The race that stops a nation is just three short weeks away but there's still time to book a stellar drinking, dining and race-ready option for prime Cup viewing

 Spring racing season has arrived with a flurry of colour, pop of champagne and all the adrenaline that comes from watching (and betting on) how fast our majestic hooved friends can gallop. But if you're not a keen punter and missed the initial spring racing memo, don't worry, there's still three weeks to go until the pinnacle of the Aussie race season, the Melbourne Cup, hits the track.

Which means you've got plenty of time to book a memorable Cup day lunch and enjoy all the best things about the race that stops the nation, namely the French fizz sipping, canapé nibbling and frocking up. There's really no excuse for another year of watching the race on the communal office TV while clutching a plastic cup full of warm undrinkable cask wine.

Scroll through for 12 stellar Sydney places to celebrate Melbourne Cup 2017:

The Melbourne Cup 2017 will be held on Tuesday November 7

12 race-ready Sydney places to celebrate Melbourne Cup 2017